First of all, I want everyone to know that Diabetes is one nasty and (tragically) wide-spread disease in this country.  I don't know a family that hasn't been touched by it in some way.  Both my Mother, Loa and my Grandmother, Jacie suffered from it in their later years.  Type 2, or what used to be called "Age Onset" Diabetes is on a trajectory to become pandemic in this country and around the world in certain groups.

Waylon Jennings lost a battle with Diabetic complications some 9 years ago.  That's the bad news.  Now, here's some good news:  his widow Jessi Colter and his son Shooter are teaming up with a gentic research company in Pheonix in a charitable team effort to help fund research and treatment of those with Diabetes.

Jessi was quoted as saying:

I am honored to put Waylon’s name behind TGen’s diabetes research efforts. I have met the researchers and am confident that donations in Waylon’s memory are an investment that will lead to better ways of preventing and detecting the disease.

The Waylon Fund is intended to support state-of-the-art research into the genetic and genomic origins of diabetes. The fund was established to not only aggressively seek treatments and advances against the disease, but to help those already affliced with Diabetes to live a better quality of life in general. 

TGen is extremely grateful to the family of Waylon Jennings, who have so generously allowed his name to be the inspirational centerpiece of this promising new research effort. sain TGen Foundation President Michael Bassoff.

The cause is gaining support around the country music community.  BMI, The Ernest Tubb Record Shops and Nashville's Music News have also come aboard recently.

Please take a moment to learn more about the Waylon Fund and their efforts to combat Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.

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